Seely Takes Home Fifth at Indianapolis Supercross2017-03-20 08:51
Round 11 of the AMA Supercross series at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium saw Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely produce another fifth-place finish aboard his CRF450R. At the start of the main event, Seely was slow out of the gate, rounding the first turn in the top 10. By the time Seely had made the pass into fifth on lap seven, the gap between the lead group of riders was too great for him to catch. Despite putting together solid laps, the remaining 15-minutes of the race, the Californian was unable to make up ground on fourth place, forcing him to take the checkered in fifth.
The evening before the race, Westfield Powersports hosted Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely and Andrew Short, along with GEICO Honda rider, Christian Craig, for a Supercross party at the dealership in Westfield, IN. Fans had the opportunity to get autographs, hang out with their favorite racers and win raffle prizes before all the action on Saturday.
On race day, Team Honda HRC helped support the Road 2 Recovery Foundation by providing the Indianapolis auction winner and his family an inside look at the team’s tech truck, along with a signed set of Cole Seely’s Troy Lee Designs gear.
With a mindset more focused towards the evening program, laying down single fast laps during qualifying can be a struggle for Seely. During the daytime practice sessions, Seely was 12th fastest with a 57.149, which was secured in the second session.
The competition was tough in 450SX heat 1 but Seely put himself in a good position right off the start, launching out of the gate into fourth. He continued to charge forward, passing rival Jason Anderson on lap two to take over second. He maintained that position to the checkered flag, transferring himself directly into the main event.
The same weekend that Seely was competing in the Indianapolis Supercross, fellow HRC racers Tim Gajser and Evgeny Bobryshev were competing in the Argentina round of the MXGP series over 5,700 miles away in Patagonia. Gajser put together two dominant performances, finishing 1-1 on the day to take his first overall win of the year. Bobryshev also secured his first podium finish of the season with solid 5-2 marks.
On Saturday, April 25, Team Honda HRC will be in Detroit, Michigan for round 12 for the AMA Supercross series.
THE FOCUS: Honda Racing Worlds Collide with Seely and Rossi
On Friday morning, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely got the special opportunity to spin some laps in Honda Performance Development’s simulator in Brownsburg, Indiana, alongside HPD backed IndyCar driver and reigning Indy 500 Champion, Alexander Rossi. During the promotional activity, Rossi took to the simulator first to show Seely around the Mid-Ohio course and get a baseline for lap times. With a few last minute pointers, Seely jumped in and took the wheel, which also happened to be the exact wheel from Rossi’s official racecar. After his initial warm up laps, Seely impressed everyone by quickly adapting and continuing to drop his times after each lap.
“You definitely can tell he races,” Rossi said while watching Seely drive. “I mean, it’s a completely different thing, but he understands the concepts and fundamentals that people who aren’t involved in any form of racing are lacking.”
For the final session, the HPD engineers uploaded the Long Beach street circuit since Seely has attended the race previously and wanted to give it a shot. Once again, he impressed everyone by dropping his times only a few seconds off of Rossi’s.
“It was super fun. I’ve never been in anything like that,” said Seely. “I’ve played video games like ‘Forza’ and ‘Gran Turismo,’ but they only tell you how the track goes. The simulator is nothing like a video game. It’s crazy how much you can drive it into a corner and feel the acceleration. I could have stayed in that thing all day.”
Seely continued by saying what a benefit it was to have Rossi go first. “Seeing Rossi run first really helped me to see where he (braked), what gear he was in, how he accelerates. If he hadn’t done that, it would have taken me three times as long to adapt.”
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Cole Seely 14
I’m really frustrated. I got another fifth tonight, and although that isn’t a bad result, I feel like I’m just stuck in these top five finishes. I keep trying to push forward and am not able to make it happen. I want to be back on the podium and know I have the speed to do it but just need to put it all together. It’s definitely tough when you don’t put yourself in a good position off the start, which is what happened in the main. I didn’t make the passes I needed to early enough and by the time I got in fifth, the top four were already gone. The bike is good so I just need to go back this week and work on myself to come back fighting in Detroit.
Our goal is to get on the podium each week and we’ve been falling short of that, which is tough because we all know Cole can run that pace. The day started slow with Cole qualifying 12th but he got a good start in his heat and I think rode really well. He wasn’t able to get another start like that in the main event and had to settle into fifth. It’s been a pretty hectic couple of weeks for Cole and the team with testing in Daytona and press this week so I think it will be good for him to have a full week at home to regroup and focus on himself.
Mechanic (Cole Seely)
I think everyone is a little frustrated because we’re not sure what is missing. I know Cole wants it, I know he can win, and he’s happy with the bike, but we can’t seem to get past fourth and fifth. When he doesn’t get a good start, he gets flustered, makes mistakes and doesn’t make the passes quick enough. His gate pick was pretty good but I think he started to creep forward because it took them longer to drop it than normal and right when he stopped, that is when it went down so he didn’t get the drive he needed.
450SX Main Event Results
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
Eli 3 USA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki
Marvin 25 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM
Ryan 5 USA 20 Red Bull KTM
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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